2020 Rosé

Oh Rosé, how we adore your Springtime arrival!

For us, the release of our Rosé has become synonymous with the unfolding of this season: the longer days, the awakening of our vineyard hives and the start of another exciting growing year. Its release is always worth celebrating!

A pretty pale salmon in colour, our 2020 vintage is wonderfully fresh, boasting mouth-watering aromas of all things we crave each summer: local strawberries, watermelon and rhubarb with a zesty touch of grapefruit zest.

The palate is lush, fresh and juicy while delightfully dry and moreish. Bright flavours of blood orange, lemon peel and wild raspberry are abundant and supported by a salty minerality. A wonderful balance of fruitiness and savoury flavours make this wine a delight any time of the week.

A unique blend each year, the 2020 release was crafted from young vine Pinot Noir picked early in the season and whole-bunch pressed to preserve freshness and acidity. The colour and texture of the wine arrived from the fruit off of our 1985 plantings of Pinot Meunier, crushed and left on skins for 3 days before pressing and blending with the Pinot Noir juice. The wine was then fermented at cool temperatures and spent 2 months on fermentation lees prior to bottling in February 2021.

TECHNICAL INFO:

Varietals: 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier
Alcohol: 12.7%
Residual Sweetness: 1.41 g/L
pH: 3.37
Total Acidity: 6.07 g/L

ACCOLADES

90 POINTS - Treve Ring, Gismondi On Wine, May 2021

VINTAGE NOTES

The 2020 vintage will be remembered as a small but mighty one, in a year we will of course never forget. Although challenging, it gifted us some of the best quality fruit we have seen in years. Mirroring the winter of 2019, a cold snap of under -20 C in late February harmed several vines and buds but fortunately damage was not as extensive as the previous year. Above average rainfall in May charged the soil with water and gave the vines everything they needed to hit the ground running after bud break. A period of cool and wet weather in early July coincided with flowering, unfortunately resulting in uneven berry set across the property.

Summer was about as good as the vineyard crew could have hoped for: lots of sunshine, warm temperatures but not too much excessive heat. Vine growth caught up but we eased into harvest a week later than usual, in the second week of September. Luckily, smoky skies on the early days of harvest quickly dissipated so that we enjoyed clear days for the remainder of harvest. Dry conditions and mild temperatures allowed us to pick each block at perfect maturity. Unlike in previous years, the first frost (and snow!) did not arrive until late October, and we escaped harvesting our last bunches in whiteout conditions by only12 hours.